On January 20, something many said couldn’t happen here did happen – a fascist regime was inaugurated: the illegitimate Trump-Pence regime. This was met by thousands of people who took to the streets in Washington, DC, and elsewhere in protest on the day of the inauguration, and by millions of women and men who marched in DC, and in cities across the country and around the world on the very next day. This outpouring is very welcome, and these millions are totally justified in their fear, anguish and outrage at what Trump-Pence rule would mean. Everybody who hates what Donald Trump represents needs to get in the streets and stay in the streets. The point now isn’t just to let this fascist regime know we aren’t going anywhere – we need to send them somewhere, to remove them from power. The Trump-Pence regime would be more than the sum of the many abuses and outrages it plans to perpetrate. If it isn’t prevented from ruling, it will be, as a regime, FASCIST — a blatant dictatorship relying on open terror and violence, committing atrocities against groups of people identified as “enemies,” “undesirables,” or “dangers to society.” A Trump-Pence regime would not only be illegitimate; if allowed to go forward it could be catastrophic for humanity. Trump has already made this clear with his fascist inaugural address, and by removing from the White House web site any mentions of climate change, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and more in less than 24 hours. Protest is important, but more than protest is needed. We must actually go all out, now, to prevent this regime from ruling.
We must stay in the streets, and we must become millions. Everybody needs to be part of this. Reach out to family and friends. If you go to school reach out to fellow students. If you belong to a church, reach out to your congregation. If you’re in a labor union, reach out to fellow union members. If you’re part of social media networks, reach out to everyone you know.
These next few days will set a tone and we must NOT underestimate our ability to affect change right now. So call on everyone to flood the streets. Through staying in the streets and disrupting business as usual, over the next few days and into this coming week, we could together grow to millions and bring into being a major political crisis, to which all the factions in the power structure would have to react.
Stay in the streets, in DC and everywhere else.
Carl Dix is one of the most courageous freedom fighters of the 1960s. As a young man, Dix spent two years in military prison for refusing to fight in the unjust Vietnam War. He emerged to become a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), dedicating his life to the emancipation of all humanity. Grounded in the path breaking and visionary new synthesis of communism developed by the RCP’s Chairman Bob Avakian, Dix has repeatedly gone against the tide in leading the masses to fight for liberation. Twenty years ago, long before media and movements erupted against the daily horrors of police terror and mass incarceration, Carl initiated the October 22 Coalition to STOP Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. With Cornel West he initiated the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, the campaign to Stop ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ and the #RiseUpOctober movement bringing nearly 100 families of police murder victims into the streets of NYC together with thousands of others. Carl has not only put his body on the line and to lead others to do the same, he has fought tirelessly to lift people’s sights to revolution and for the emancipation of all humanity.